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Carton Pumpkin Cream Ale

Carton Pumpkin Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
There are pumpkin based flavors that are not pumpkin pie. With this in mind we set out to make an autumnal beer in the pumpkin tradition that wasn’t simply a spiced beer using the usual pie-spice blend. Looking to enhance the pumpkin’s flavors, we roasted its meat touched with orange oil, pink peppercorns and candied ginger. We added this to the mash of our high gravity ream ale recipe. The result is a rich bodied ale, its creaminess teased by the peppercorns heat, that presents the flavors of pumpkin while notes of orange zest and a sweet ginger bite tame the vegetal dryness. Drink Pumpkin Cream Ale because there are spices on the shelf behind the nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (692) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Interesting touch of hops for a pumpkin and an ale. Almost belies the name. Smooth. Can

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (4802) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2014
on draft at EBF, another novelty huge cream ale. This one was light in pumpkin flavor, not much for spices, but the alcohol burn was there. Ok but I couldnt drink more than the sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (4217) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap at Pour house on a couple occasions. Pours clearish orange gold with very small head. Pumpkin is pretty light, mostly get some bready malt and flowery hops. Lots of nutmeg/ginger spice in this offering, wasn’t offensive but wish it was more of a cream ale like the name implied. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (1283) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Cloudy gold with lasting foamy lacy white head; aroma is light with a hint of pumpkin spice; Flava is slightly sweet and bitter with notes of spice and gourd; feels medium and slightly fizzy; finishes dry and bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4334) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is spicy hops, spice, citrus, and pepper. Taste is certainly not pumpkin. It is rather bitter. There is some cream ale up in there, but mostly, this is just a hoppy strong ale. Alcohol is rather well-covered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2098) - - SEP 21, 2013
Draft. Dark gold with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is indistinct but has vague pumpkin notes. Taste adds some citrus and spice. Nice creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
on tap-white-yellow/gold. A-sweet lt malt. T-sweet lt malt, 2nd spice hops, but not pumpkin character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2012
On tap at Cloverleaf. Not sure about the cream part. More like a hoppy amber with some pumpkin spicy. Tasty. But not what you picture when you hear pumpkin cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Draft. Pours golden orange, with a thin head. Light pumpkin sweetness, ginger, and some light floral hops in the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Beautiful hazy orange pour with a white head. Aroma is pumpkin, hoppy, a bit spicy but not pie-like. Flavor is ok. Creamy with a bit to much bitterness. I'm not sure if it's hops or something else? Good but mouthfeel is a little harsh.

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